Tom Dooley’s smart little café at the Craft Village just outside Donegal Town has won a lot of friends for its warm and friendly atmosphere and excellent freshly cooked food that offers much more than would be expected of a coffee shop.
Tempting cakes, desserts and breads are all homemade and chef Arturo de Alba Gonzalez’s menus include a frequently-changed blackboard, offering cooked-to-order dishes like real vegetable soups, fried polenta, prosciutto, garlic mushrooms and mixed leaves or white wine risotto with chargrilled chicken and seared asparagus, also salads like smoked chicken & avocado and, for the hungry young Mexican, the highly popular chimichangas.
Ingredients are impeccably sourced and everything looks and tastes delicious - the quality of the food and good cooking both show on the plate.
Service, under Tom’s supervision, is knowledgeable and efficient - with good espresso coffee and an extensive tea menu to go with the great home bakes, this makes a good daytime stop.
And, although the coffee shop is small, there’s a large outdoor eating area for fine weather.
*Tom also supplies delicious baked goods to The Coffee Dock in Bundoran.